PDC Sectoral Committees scrutinize Sarangani’s “mother plan of all plans”


Sarangani Provincial Development Council

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (October 26, 2022) – The Provincial Development Council (PDC) of Sarangani conducted a PDC Sectoral Committees Consultation Workshop on October 25-26 as part of the completion and finalization of the Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP) of the province.

According to Engr. Alain Alcala, provincial planning and development coordinator, the workshop at Tierra Montana Hotel served “as a stakeholders’ consultation, especially to the different sectoral groups” comprising the PDC.

After the PDPFP presentation to the stakeholders, additional inputs from the sectors, from national government agencies (NGAs), as well as from the planning coordination team, will be integrated to the plan, Alcala said.

“Hopefully we can finally come up with the final draft of the PDPFP,” he said.

The PDPFP, according to Alcala, is the “mother plan of all plans, which will direct us in terms of development planning towards achieving our vision in the province.”

Atty. Ryan Jay Ramos

Provincial Administrator Atty. Ryan Jay Ramos, who represented Governor Rogelio “Ruel” D. Pacquiao, thanked the partners and stakeholders of the province for their support in the formulation of the development plan for Sarangani.

“Poverty is a multi-faceted problem and it needs to be addressed by different sectors in the province,” Ramos said as he recognized the contributions of the sector members.

Alcala said the contents of the PDPFP are integrated and “already mainstreamed to the DRR-CCVA or the disaster risk reduction and climate change vulnerability assessment.”

“The PDPFP is a 12-year plan reckoned for 2023-2034, and all plans in the province must be anchored to this,” said Alcala.

He added the PDPFP is also geared towards the governance directions of the PDC Chairperson, Governor Pacquiao, towards reaching the goal of alleviating poverty in Sarangani.

Several PDC sectoral groups involved in the PDPFP include the Population and Settlement sector; the Physical Resources and Environment sector; the sector on Local Economy; the Transportation, Access, and Circulation sector; the Income, Employment, Service Access, and Poverty sector; the sector on Institutional Development; and the Land Use and Physical Framework sector.

Members of the Population and Settlement Sector include all PDC Sectoral Committees, the Philippine Statistics Authority, the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, and the National Economic and Development Authority.

The Physical Resources and Environment Sector include all members of the PDC Environmental Development Committee, the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape-Protected Area Management Board, the Provincial ENRO, the Environmental Conservation and Protection Center/Climate Change Office, and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples.

In the Local Economy Sector, members include the PDC Economic Development Committee, and NGAs like the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Agrarian Reform, the Department of Tourism, the Department of Trade and Industry, and NEDA.

The Transportation, Access, and Circulation Sector include members of the PDC Infrastructure Development Committee, the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Information and Communications Technology.

The Income, Employment, Service Access, and Poverty Sector on the other hand, is comprised of the PDC Social Development Committee, the Department of Health, the Department of Energy, the Department of Science and Technology, DICT, DHSUD, and NEDA.

The Institutional Development Sector is composed of the PDC Institutional Development Committee members, while the Land Use and Physical Framework Sector is composed of the municipal planning and development offices of the seven municipalities. (Jori Mae R. Samillano and photos by Martin Fernando Bernad Jr. /SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)